Since 2012, Isaac Lausell has led the guitar program at SIUC School of Music. At SIUC, Lausell teaches courses in classical and jazz guitar, oversees the guitar area, performs and composes music for the jazz ensemble in residence, the New Arts Jazztet. As a recording artist and clinician, Dr. Lausell is active teaching and performing across the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
As a writer, Dr. Lausell has developed methods for jazz improvisation and for guitar technique. His approach combines lute, classical and electric guitar technique along with modal, tonal and post tonal music theory models. His writings integrate various academic disciplines such as ethnomusicology, history, physical training and visual arts.
Dr. Lausell has played with artists such as Ray Anderson, C.E. Askew, Ignacio Berroa, Coco Freeman, Chris Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ricky Encarnación, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gómez, Heaven Report, Rick Latham, Matt Margvulio, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Zvonimir, Tot, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Jorge Vizcarrondo, Bill Smith, Oscar Stagnaro, Norbert Stachel, 33DC and the Stony Brook Baroque Players.
- Bachelors degree in Music Performance (Classical Guitar) and a Teacher’s Certification from Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
- Professional Studies in Jazz Performance from University of Houston.
- Masters Degree in Jazz Studies with a related field in Music Performance (Classical & Jazz Guitar) from University of North Texas.
- Doctorate in Musical Arts with a concentration in Music Performance (Classical Guitar with studies in Early Music and Jazz) from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
- Studied the guitar with Jerry Willard, Benjamin Verdery, Thomas Johnson, Richard McClure, Fred Hamilton, Terry Hankins, Mike Wheeler, Luis Enrique Juliá, Ismael Falcón and Sandra Reyes.
- Had master classes with Andrew York, Dale Stuckenbruck, Pepe Romero, John Benitez, Jim Kelly, Alexander Sergüei, Eladio Scharrón, Carlos Barbosa- Lima, Mark White, Oscar Stagnaro, and Walter Quevedo.